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(From Guardian Unlimited)
A freight train has derailed and ploughed into houses in the small Italian town of Viareggio, causing an explosion and a fire that killed at least 12 people and injured at least 50, officials said today.
The 14-car train was travelling from La Spezia to Pisa when a rear car crashed into a residential neighbourhood beside the train station just before midnight yesterday.
A train car filled with liquefied natural gas exploded, collapsing five buildings and setting fire to the surrounding area. Homes crumbled or burned, killing residents as they slept.
The exact death toll was unclear as hundreds of rescuers searched through …